The Royal Alberta Museum is preparing to move from its current home to its new location in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown arts district.
This year marks the final year of operation at the museum’s Glenora neighbourhood building. Albertans are invited to mark this milestone and come see all the museum has to offer in 2015.
Beginning this September, the museum will be open to the public three days per week from Friday to Sunday until the full closure of all galleries, which takes place on December 6, 2015.The museum will also be open on Thursdays and Fridays for self-guided school groups. The theatre will continue its normal operations until closure.
“For close to five decades the Royal Alberta Museum has shared all aspects of our society, including nature, culture, history and technology. With twice the space, the new museum is destined to become a major cultural tourist destination that will continue to celebrate the heritage and stories of all Albertans.”
David Eggen, Minister of Culture and Tourism
Construction of the new building is underway and anticipated to be completed in 2016. Following the construction phase, the task of moving and installing thousands of objects, outfitting a café, gift shop, theatre, offices and more will get underway.
The museum will maintain a community presence over the closure period through website enhancement, social media platforms, public advertising and e-newsletter communications.
A total of $375.5 million will be invested in development of the new museum including $253 million from the Alberta government and $122.5 million from the federal government Building Canada Fund.
Operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, the Royal Alberta Museum is located at 12845 -102 Avenue, Edmonton. Though nearby construction makes getting to the museum a little more challenging these days, the trip is worth it.